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Vizenor: A major player in White Earth politics


WHITE EARTH, Minn. -- For more than 20 years, Erma Vizenor has been a force to be reckoned with on the White Earth Reservation.

From the early 1990s, when she was a prominent member of the group that brought down the Chip Wadena-led government, to a few weeks ago, when she was forced by her political enemies to resign the tribal chairwoman’s office, Vizenor has been in the thick of the action.

She came home from Harvard University in 1991 and joined the reform movement on White Earth, working for five years to help topple the patronage-based tribal council, dominated for years by Darrell “Chip” Wadena.


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